Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle (2009) 2 x DVD9 Complete Series
The man Ricky Gervais has described as "The funniest, most cliche-free comedian on the circuit" returns to reinvent stand-up comedy television. Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle marks the return of arguably one of Britain's finest stand up comedians and shows him at his masterful and hilarious best. Each of the six episodes sees Stewart explore a different theme, in a stand-up routine illustrated with sketches featuring an ensemble cast of well known comic talent. In each episode Stewart sets out to answer a question that addresses a specific aspect of modern life; "Why", for example, "is there a tide of banal books in bookshops threatening to engulf us? Does the world really need celebrity hardbacks?" Stewart's on a journey to find out - and meets some interesting authors along the way. "Has political correctness really gone mad, or is it just that a lot of people confuse political correctness with health and safety legislation?" Stewart tries to pick his way through the PC minefield, and reveals how it only made him put on weight. Stewart sets out to discover the truth about popular television duo Ant and Dec, and visits a quaint English village where The Funniest Thing That's Ever Been On Television Ever has given rise to a unique rural tradition. Sort of. Whatever the topic, Stewart addresses it with razor sharp wit, using every argument at his disposal to convey his point.

2 x DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:24:48 + 01:26:13 | 6.41 Gb + 7.72 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy

Episode 1: "Toilet Books"
References included Asher D from the So Solid Crew (and his appearance in Grange Hill), BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Chris Moyles, comedian Russell Brand and Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code.

Episode 2: "Television"
References included The March of the Penguins, David Attenborough, Only Fools and Horses and various British television channels, but particularly Channel 4 and E4. Also, Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart", Dick and Dom, Adrian Chiles, Lord Reith, the mallard duck, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Samuel Beckett, Robert Kilroy-Silk's berry-brown face, Ant and Dec and Isaac Newton.

Episode 3: "Political Correctness"
The third episode was far shorter on popular cultural references but The Village People were used in a sketch. Much of the material in this episode first appeared in '41st Best Stand-up Ever'.

Episode 4: "Global Financial Crisis"
There were references to the retailers Woolworths, Zavvi and MFI.

Episode 5: "Comedy"
The primary reference was to Franklyn Ajaye but Jack Dee was mentioned and his sitcom Lead Balloon was alluded to.

Episode 6: "Religion"
References included The Jesus Lizard, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jim'll Fix It, Laurel and Hardy, Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Abu Hamza al-Masri. The name '[Reverend] Arch Stanton' mentioned in this episode, is derived from the movie The Good The Bad And The Ugly', the name of which holds no significant relevance to the sketch it was featured in.

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